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The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works

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BEER AVG
3.73/5
The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production WorksThe Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Homebrew Store

8377 Pearl Road
Strongsville, Ohio, 44136
United States

(440) 239-8788 | map
www.thebrewkettle.com

Notes:
AKA - The Brew Kettle Production Works

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BEER STATS
Beers:
78
Reviews:
1,279
Ratings:
5,169
PLACE STATS
Place Score:
94
Reviews:
77
Ratings:
167
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
7.53%
 
 
Taps:
39
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 77 | Ratings: 167
Reviews by Stinger80OH:
Photo of Stinger80OH
4/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

The Brew Kettle is another great example of a small, local business doing well and being able to grow in a turbulent economy. TBK has succeeded to grow and expand and the demand for their product continues to rise. The original location has expanded and the operation just announced the opening of a larger production facility down the road. TBK is located in a small strip mall in Strongsville and is easily accessible by I-71 and the Ohio Turnpike.

TBK's atmosphere is like many craft beer joints...simple seating arrangements (2 dining rooms and a moderate size bar), the smell of hops in the air, and a large variety of brewiana along the walls, hanging from the ceiling and arranged nicely on overhead shelves throughout the place. Every TBK brew that I have tried were above average. My favorites include White Rajah, Black Rajah (new), Jackhammer Barleywine (regular and BA), Irish Dry Stout and 4C's. Their firkin' specials are also unique, creative spins on regularly rotated beers (like Kitka Chocolate Coconut Milk Stout). Service is very attentive and they are always well staffed. My success has always come from sitting at the bar, which allows for your glass to never hit empty before another one is there waiting for you (thanks to an awesome core of bartenders). In terms of selection, TBK generally has 5-8 of their beers at any given time. The guest beer selection is always superb and they are one of Cleveland's best purveyors of kegs that are rare to the market (ie there have been guest such Lost Coast and rare FFF that are otherwise unavailable anywhere in Ohio). Like other fine establishments, TBK does not offer bottled beers so you won't see any Bud, Miller, or Coors. Food is decent and about par for a brewhouse but I don't typically eat here because there's so many good beers to be consumed (read Liquid Diet 101). The smokehouse wings are always a good choice. The overall value is reasonable. As one may expect, TBK beers are always cheaper than the guests. Some of the guest beers, depending on the rarity and ABV of them, can range in price from $5-10/glass. TBK beer prices are slashed nicely during the daily happy hour so one can expect to pay about half of the usually price. TBK also offers samplers and each beer on the daily menu is categorized A-D in terms of price, with D class beers being the most expensive.

Overall, TBK is a place to visit and visit often. If you like variety and a comfortable environment, this is the place for you.

Cheers

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More User Reviews:
Photo of LaGuarns
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of bcgeiman
3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of ineburg
4.84/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

friggin awesome place! I love TBK

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Photo of TrapJaw77
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Overall great experience.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Doublicious
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of glass_house
3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of Brenden
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Notes are from 12/28/15, second time I've stopped there off of I-80 between OH and NY

Settled into a parking lot just off the thruway on a main strip in Strongsville, it's got a new brick/old school feel to it as part of a small strip next to an affiliated wine shop. It's bigger on the inside, or so it seems, as it takes up continuing space you can't really see from outside. It's cluttered by in a homey sort of way. In front is the merchandising, host's desk, counter with the register and some beer coolers behind it, to the left and middle the booths and tables. A large industrial steel door, open when the brewpub is, separates a large bar area with more tables and a lot more clutter. A large chalkboard displaying Brew Kettle beers on tap and in bottles as well as the dozens of guest taps and bottles is on a wall in each section.
The service has been good both times I've been, and the staff is both friendly and generally quick. It can be very busy in there, and they still come back pretty regularly.
The beer was excellent, and there was a great selection to choose from of great quality both from Brew Kettle and otherwise. The sample paddle was great, with an informative numbered list that made selection fast and simple, and you can then correlate the number on the paddle with the numbers on the list in front of you.
The food exceeded expectations by a wide margin. I was prepared for good food, but this went beyond that. It is some of the most impressive food, smoked or otherwise, that I've had at a brewpub.

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Photo of Brian29
4.25/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of capt93
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Photo of erk0607
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Love the Brew Kettle, if it weren't for the wait, I'd go there all the time. Unfortunately, it's always packed and there is almost always a wait, no matter when you go in and whether you opt of the bar or for a table somewhere... which I guess is a good indicator of what they offer. That said, I don't quite think it's worth a 45 minute wait or more to get a beer and a meal. The food is really good, decently priced, and there's a lot of options, especially when it comes to some of the more unique things like BBQ spaghetti w/ pulled pork or the messy pulled pork salad.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Photo of DrJGR629
4.69/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of a_beckman25
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of ejimhof
3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of TominGermany
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The ultimate mess salad (topped with pulled pork and cole slaw was excellent (according to my wife) and the smoked wings were also very tasty (according to my taste buds). I sampled four of their beers with the Big Woody Lager coming out on top. They have a good selection of other beers that you can sample. All in all a good place to stop if you are driving along I-80.

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Photo of Gregf51
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of scott2269
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of OGFGabv
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Overall great experience. Great line up of beers on tap, and great food. Last time I was there, brewer was actually behind the bar and served me my beer. I wouldn't have known otherwise, but my wife and I were having a beer at the bar and talking about our upcoming homebrew recipe, which we were going to buy there before we left. Next thing I knew, he was chatting it up us, and helped us complete our recipe. Very cool!

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Photo of indianabeerman
4.59/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of fredmugs
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of GOBLIN
3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Overall a cool place and I enjoyed my visit. Food was terrific. The service was quick and friendly. Our waitress seemed knowledgeable . . . My only complaint about The Brew Kettle was the lack of house brews. They carried a lot of beer from many respected breweries but only had about 7 or so house taps. If in the area I would go back again for sure though.

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Photo of Eziel
4.25/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works in Strongsville, OH
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